NHL 2012 Award Nominees: Biggest Snubs in Each Category

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NHL 2012 Award Nominees: Biggest Snubs in Each Category
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The 2012 NHL awards nominees have been chosen. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 20 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sports awards exist for two purposes. First, they are meant to honor amazing athletes and management personnel. Secondly, they are meant to stir up fan interest and debate.

The NHL chooses three nominees for each award, and sportswriters and/or general managers around the league vote for the winners. While announcing the winners often stirs up debate, the announcement of the nominees themselves may be the more controversial of the two.

Here's a look at the one player/coach/GM who was left out, but deserved to be nominated for each major award.

The "major" awards to be discussed here are: Calder Trophy (best rookie), Hart Trophy (MVP), Norris Trophy (best defenseman), Selke Trophy (best defensive forward), Vezina Trophy (best goalie), Jack Adams Award (best coach) and GM Award (best GM).

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